By Alejandra G.
I love blue, and when I found out that this deep, Sapphire Indigo shade made it to color of 2015 by PPG Pittsburgh Paints and Kelly-Moore Paints, I was thrilled. Blue Paisley, Bold Electric Blue or Bohemian Blue to mention a few of its many names was chosen for the 2015 Color of the Year because of its vibrant, bohemian vibe. And even though Marsala was picked first as the color of 2015 by Pantone, and it’s a bold choice when it comes to interior design; the inspiration and serenity that blue can bring to your home in any shape or form is pretty captivating. Blue it’s meant to invoke positivity and possibility — things we tend to crave during chaotic and uncertain times. This announcement made my living room happy. I firmly believe that blue will bring an intense boost to certain areas of your home that are in need of attention. Besides, whether you place a white, green or neutral element in front of it, it will stand out immediately.
Now this is no neutral wisp of a color. It’s an intense blue that is best used in small doses, to call attention to certain interesting areas or features of your home. A profound shade of blue worthy of daring accents around your living room, or any bedroom.
But don’t worry if you find yourself drawn mostly to neutral interiors. You can also consider adding a small bit of color via accessories or perhaps one single piece to make a statement. It’s a much softer way to inject color into a room. Just one gorgeous blue piece will instantly create a bold, vibrant contrast without disrupting your space design, regardless if your style is traditional, transitional, coastal or even contemporary.
Don’t want to commit long term to colorful cabinetry or other built-in items? Go for deep blue furniture instead. Chairs are a breeze to change out later if you fall in love with another hue. You can also make a statement with one colorful piece of furniture in an otherwise neutral space. Just make sure it’s something worth calling attention to, such as a cool modern chair.
Blue Paisley would also look great in a kid’s or teen’s room. You could pair it with orange hues for a high-energy, dynamic and youthful look. Or make it more mature and at home in a master bedroom with a toned-down palette of other blues — such as navy or a soft gray-blue — as well as a selection of handsome neutrals.
You’ve heard it a hundred times before, but allow me to say it again: Create a focal point in your living room and then design and decorate around it, in support of it. If you have too many focal points in a space, then they all compete with one another, nothing stands out, and the room can all too easily devolve into a cluttered mess. One blue piece will shine and make the room just right. Once you have accomplished that, the possibilities are endless.